Natsumi Jones is a Japanese artist working in glass and mixed media who lives and works in the UK. She is interested in the fragility, reflectivity and the ephemeral quality of glass and combining this with participatory art. She received a BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics degree from the University of Sunderland and won the National Glass Centre Prize with her final piece. She also won the New Graduate Review from the Contemporary Glass Society in the UK and followed up with the exhibition at the London Glassblowing Studio.
My work captures and recreates the subtle moments or a scene in daily life that is unnoticeable or forgotten. I predominantly use glass to express these as I believe that the glass has many similar characteristics that reflect the day-to-day natural events such as fragility, ephemerality, fluidity, and reflectivity.
In my recent work, I focus on creating participatory installation artwork. I am interested in how the artwork changes with the interaction of people over time. Through this practice, I express a simple visualisation of the present through expressing people’s unknown connection through their intersecting paths.
I combine Japanese aesthetic sensibilities that I gained from growing up in a rural area of Japan and the dynamical western cultures that I experienced from life in the UK.
2018 University of Sunderland, BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics
2013 Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Level 2 City & Guilds Stained Glass Sampling Unit
2009 University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 SICF20, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan (Forthcoming)
The CGS February Open 2019, Online Exhibition, Contemporary Glass Society
The 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, Tokyo, Japan
2018 New Graduate Review 2018, London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, London, UK
Mackie's Corner, Sunderland, UK
Glass and Ceramics Degree Show 2018, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
2017 Glass as Social Practice, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA
Dry Run 2017, Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK
2016 Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, UK
International Student Online Exhibition, Glass Art Society
2019 Shortlisted for the 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition, Japan
2018 The Winner of New Graduate Review, Contemporary Glass Society, UK
National Glass Centre Prize, Sunderland, UK
Surface, Texture, Mark Making Class by Marina Hanser, The Studio at The Coning Museum of Glass, NY, USA
Particle Theory Class by Anna Mlasowsky, Urban Glass, NY, USA
2017 Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK
Glass as Social Practice Class by Anjali Srinivasan and Carmen Montoya, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA
Experimental Engraving Class by Pavlína Čambalová, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA
2016 Illuminating Space Class by Joanna Manousis, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA
Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK
2016 - Artist Assistant for Ayako Tani, Sunderland, UK
2018 Teaching Assistant for Anne Petters, Northlands Creative Glass, UK
Work Exchange at GAS Conference, Venice, Italy